Fauci plans to retire by the end of Biden’s current term

WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Monday he plans to retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s term in January 2025.

Fauci, 81, was named director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984 and has led research into HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, Ebola, Zika and the coronavirus. He has advised seven presidents and is Biden’s chief medical adviser.

In an interview with Politico, Fauci said he hoped “to leave behind an institution where I have chosen the best people in the country, if not the world, who will pursue my vision.”

Asked on CNN on Monday when he planned to retire, Fauci said he didn’t have a specific retirement date in mind and hadn’t started the process. He said he plans to leave government before the end of Biden’s current term, which ends in January 2025.

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“When we get to the end of Biden’s first term, I will most likely retire,” Fauci said. He added: “It’s extremely unlikely – in fact, for sure – that I won’t be here beyond January 2025.”

Fauci, long a prominent figure in the government’s response to infectious diseases, was in the spotlight even more during the height of the coronavirus pandemic under then-President Donald Trump. As the pandemic response became politicized, with Trump suggesting the pandemic would “go away”, promoting unproven treatment methods and vilifying the scientists who countered it, Fauci had to seek security protection when he and his family were received death threats and harassment.

Fauci has repeatedly testified to Congress about the virus, and he and some Republicans, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, have engaged in heated exchanges about the origins of the virus.

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Fauci said on Monday that his decision to finally quit his role was unrelated to politics.

“It has nothing to do with the pressures, nothing to do with all the other nonsense you hear about, all the beards and the slingshots and the arrows. It has no bearing on me,” he said. declared.

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